At a time when BJP is hoping to get support of Samajwadi Party in the Parliament over Goods and Services Tax Bill, surprise reaction came from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday in Lucknow, who condemned Bahujan Samajwadi Party for “outright support” to the bill without understanding “its harmful effects on the states” and at the same time expressed his own apprehensions about the Bill.
A day before, Mayawati had assured BSP’s support for the Bill while speaking in the Rajya Sabha.
“Without thinking much, anyone is expressing support to GST Bill in the parliament. State would be at loss.” said Akhilsh Yadav in Lucknow adding that the loss would be of the state government and expressing his apprehension that a state like Uttar Pradesh, which has a bigger population might end up loosing more.
“The discussion on GST is yet to take place in the Parliament. The loss would be of the Government. Traders are protesting but without thinking much, anyone is expressing their support to the Bill” said Akhilesh after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.
Explaining further, he said “Some of the centrally sponsored schemes have already been closed and we have suffered the maximum loss. How would we get refund in accordance to our population, what would be the formula etc? Without having knowledge about these things, BSP is saying that they would support GST, even if it means that state has to suffer a loss or lesser funds would come to the state exchequer”
Continuing with its attack on BSP, whose Chief Mayawati had recently declared that no more memorials would be constructed once they come back to power again, Akhilesh said, “What can I say about BSP. They said that they would not construct memorials but when a wall, which was blocking the public way was demolished, their not more than 100 people sat on dharna day and night. So they are not bothered about understanding things”
Though Akhilesh spoke at length against BSP’s outright support to GST Bill, he avoided question on Mayawati seeking quota for upper caste poor despite being asked again and again.
Alleging that Central Government was ignoring demands and needs of the state, he said that he would personally write to all the Members of Parliament and would send them the copy of the letters that he has sent to Prime Minister as well as Union Ministers raising several issues of the state so that they can raise issues of the state in the parliament. “I have written several letters to the centre. They have not yet given funds sought for supporting farmers affected with the hail storm, now state is facing drought. I would send copy of all the letters that I have written in the past to all the MPs from the state so that they speak for the state in the parliament”.
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